Comic Book: Loki Agent Of Asgard
Loki: Agent of Asgard is as it sounds: the continuing adventures
of everyone's favourite God of Chaos, Loki
, as written by Al Ewing. Only now those adventures involve doing wet-work for the All-Mothers of Asgard, in exchange for his freedom and the chance of redemption. The twist is that this time, Loki really, really, really
means it. But the problem with having a past like Loki's is that sooner or later, it's going to catch up with you.
Tropes featured in this series include:
- Arc Words: "Burning" comes up a lot.
- Ascended Meme: During the Original Sin tie-in issues, Old!Loki is referred to as Old!Loki, as he is on this very page.
- Batman Gambit: Gram owes its origin to a truly ludicrous gambit on the part of Old!Loki, which in turn is part of an even bigger gambit.
- Big Bad: Old!Loki. And as of issue #4, the All-Mother. Possibly.
- Blessed with Suck: Verity Willis can see through lies. All lies, every lie. She can't even read a book, or watch a film because of it.
- Break Them by Talking: Old!Loki to Loki, Evil Gloating included.
- Brick Joke: In the first issue, Hawkeye says that he looks a little "One Direction-y." In the next issue, Loki claims he's had to move his apartment because he keeps getting mistaken for Harry Styles.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Old! Loki, which is why the sword of truth doesn't even faze him.
- Cloning Blues: Loki isn't really Loki, he's a copy made as the original Loki's Get Out of Jail Free card.
- Continuity Nod:
- Loki uses that unpleasantness involving Thor's DNA and Iron Man to momentarily distract the Avengers.
- The reason Old!Loki managed to sneak into Thor is because he was already weak after a recent run in with Malekith in The Mighty Thor. That run-in is also the reason he snuck in.
- Cul, brother of Odin, appears in a flashback, which proves true his claim of being Odin's predecessor.
- During his attempted infiltration of Loki's apartment, Sigurd is noted as wearing clothing from Cortex Sportif.
- Cool Sword: Gram, which used to belong to Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious), as piercing as truth itself. Most of the wounds it inflicts aren't fatal, because the truth usually just hurts. Old!Loki had a large hand in its convoluted creation.
- Did You Actually Believe?: Old!Loki to Loki when he stabs him with Gram. A sword designed to reveal the truth doesn't work on someone who's honest about who and what they are.
- Distressed Dude: Subverted with Sigurd. Him being imprisoned in the dungeons of Asgardia was planned so that he could act as the inside man.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Loki doesn't usually use them. He prefers his own methods.
- Epic Fail: Somehow Hawkeye is so bad at video games that he manages to get the army after him, and has no health while he's falling out of a plane. He's playing a fishing simulator.
- Fanservice: The book is dripping with it, both the typical (such as the second panel of the first issue being Loki naked in the shower,) and the non-sexual kind.
- Fantastically Indifferent: Lorelei robs a man and makes him hand over his wallet while he just grins and shrugs. Justified, as a) she's using magic to mess with his head and b) it's Marvel's New York.
- Fail O'Suckyname: Loki's backup sword is called Laevateinn. It means 'damage twig'.
- Fetch Quest: Loki had to go on one before the series began, fetching the keys to open the box containing Gram.
- Gender Bender: Loki can be a lady, when he so chooses. Loki specifically states "I can turn into anything, as long as it's me." Any shape he takes, he considers to be another facet of himself, to the point where Old Loki has a habit of occasionally referring to himself as a girl. On top of that, author Al Ewing has described him as being genderfluid.
- Genre Savvy: Loki, Old!Loki, Verity, Sigurd... really, most of the characters. The funniest instance is in the first issue:
Thor: Tell me, is there time for a drink before you make your inevitable escape?
- Groin Attack: Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) is reasonably convinced that if he ends up in Valhalla, the Valkyrie are going to remove Little Sigurd.
- Hero of Another Story: Sigurd the Ever-Glorious, first legend of Asgard and hero of some of its greatest. Although the narration points out a more accurate title would be the Sometimes-Glorious. He's got some issues.
- How We Got Here: The first issue begins with Loki stabbing Thor through the chest with a sword, and a voiceover of him saying "I know what I'm doing." The rest of the issue is dedicated to explaining why Loki's doing it.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Sigurd inverts the trope namer ("I'm actually left handed"), although not the trope itself. Loki tries to retort that he's seen that same movie, and gets kicked out a window for it.
- I Resemble That Remark: In issue 1, Thor says that Loki created "a most terrible slash" upon the Internet. Loki says that's not the right word, but it's still true.
- Inconvenient Summons: The All-Mothers have a bad habit of calling on Loki when he's trying to relax, or socialise with people, or in the shower...
- Incredibly Lame Pun: 'The wheel of rein carnations', courtesy of Mephisto after tricking Sigurd into signing his contract.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Considering the belief that the comic came about as a bit of corporate synergy at Marvel due to Loki's popularity in the films (note the lineup of Avengers he meets in Issue 1 is the exact same lineup of the movie,) it only makes sense that they would borrow Loki's likeness from Tom Hiddleston.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Loki isn't above the odd bit of theft to get the job done. Or really, because he can.
- It's how he acquired most of the keys to the box containing Sigurd's sword, including stealing one from the Red Skull. Without the now-telepathic villain noticing.
- Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) steals a invisibility belt from A.I.M. in order to get to Loki. Loki then steals the belt from him.
- Ladyland: The Tenth Realm is inhabited entirely by misandric angels. Luckily, Loki has a way around that one.
- Large Ham: When Old!Loki starts off on his explanation of what, exactly, is going on:
- Lemony Narrator: It's Al Ewing. Those captions (and the recap page) can get quite strange.
- Living Lie Detector: Verity can infallibly tell when someone is lying, has no patience for any form of fiction, and can even see through high-level illusions.
- Loophole Abuse: No spell, hook or net can hold Andavi, so Old!Loki just shoots him with a rocket launcher.
- Manipulative Bastard: Old!Loki, in spades.
- Mathematician's Answer: When asked if he's dressed for a con, Loki just responds with "There's always a con going on."
- When the All-Mother asks Old!Loki what happens to Midgard, he just responds "T'was governed most expertly."
- Meaningful Name: Loki's new friend Verity who can see through any lie. Veritas = Latin for Truth. Also a Roman goddess of truth.
- Medium Awareness: Old!Loki gets bored in his cell and walks off-panel.
- Meta Fiction: Carries on the tradition from Journey Into Mystery. Loki's struggles to avoid falling back into his old role as a villain is a commentary on the fact that characters in fiction, and comic books in particular, tend to return to a familiar status quo, and it is very rare and difficult for them to truly change in any meaningful way since fans and future writers will often want to revert the characters. The All-Mothers desire for a known and familiar future for Asgard at the expense of Loki's new life underscores this theme. Loki will have to fight for his new characterization both in the story itself, and outside it, as fans of villainous Loki want him to go back to his old ways.
- Moral Event Horizon: An In-Universe one that Loki believes of himself. Technically, happened back in Journey Into Mystery, but a major element of Loki's characterisation: he cannot forget that he has committed a "crime that will not be forgiven."
- Muggles Do It Better: In Issue 3 Old!Loki, as part of a Batman Gambit, goes to steal the horde of the giant fish Andvari, who is so strong and slippery that "neither hook nor net nor magic could land him". Old!Loki decides to instead use a rocket launcher and take his gold that way.
Innkeeper: B-but where did you get such a gold-hoard, old one?
- Oh Crap: Hawkeye aims for Loki, and manages to instead hit Bruce Banner. Things quickly escalate.
- Old Flame: Lorelei, sister of Amora the Enhantress (they don't get along), former paramour of Thor (via sorcery) and Loki (sans sorcery).
- Out-Gambitted: Mephisto tricks Sigurd in signing a contract that condemns Sigurd to an eternity of punishment (and bad puns), only to find he's been played by Loki.
- Overly-Long Gag: The Room Full of Incredibly Deadly Traps.
- Pretty Boy: Hawkeye outright says the new teen-Loki looks One-Direction-y. Old Loki has mockingly compared him to a girl more than once.
- Refuge in Audacity: Surrounded by The Avengers and looking decidedly guilty of something, Loki takes his only remaining option: He tells the complete and unvarnished truth.
- Ret Canon: Apparently the Hulk has told the Avengers that he's always angry.
- Rousing Speech: Loki starts one when leading the war-fleet of the Tenth Realm to Asgard, only to quickly turn it against them instead.
- Secret Keeper: Mephisto knows exactly what happened to Kid!Loki. He's impressed.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Loki, according to Lorelei.
- Shout-Out: In the midst of a sword-fight, Loki and Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) start quoting The Princess Bride.
- Issue 5 has one to this very wiki, when a man is viewing "Movie Tropes" on his tablet.
- Shower Scene: In the first few pages, even! Female Gaze ensued.
- Slept Through the Apocalypse: Lorelei and Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) weren't present for Ragnarok, which makes them impossible for Heimdall to find. One of Loki's tasks is to bring them back home, regardless of whatever opinions they have on the matter.
- Stable Time Loop: Old Loki goes back in time to create the Sword of Truth after seeing it in the present day.
- Status Quo Is God:
- Discussed in the first issue - Loki deletes the Avengers' computer files of his old self, as their stories have a metaphysical "weight" that could drag him back into being that person.
- By contrast, this is exactly what Old!Loki wants out of life - or maybe not, after he meddles with history as he knows it in The Tenth Realm.
- Super Cell Reception: Loki explicitly uses magic to boost his smartphone's reception, allowing Verity to remotely help him through a room of traps and illusions.
- Theory of Narrative Causality: As long as the records and stories exist of what Old!Loki got up to, Loki will be drawn back to them. Since he's determined to have this Heel-Face Turn stick, he's out to erase those stories from existence.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: The origins of Gram involve no small amount of time-travel.
- Title Drop: Old!Loki announces himself as the Agent of Asgard, not Loki.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Thor in issue 1, but only temporarily. Because he's been infected by the essence of Old!Loki.
- Trash Landing: A fight between Loki and Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) winds up with them beating each other up in a dumpster. Or not, as it turns out. Loki was just trying to fool the All-Mother.
- Troll: Loki waves to a man who's looking at an article about that episode of The Twilight Zone, while he's sitting on the wing of a plane.
- Try Not to Die:
Verity:...and try very, very hard not to die. Pretty please.
- Unsound Effect: During the fencing scene in the fourth issue. 'SWAPP' and 'ALSO SWAPP' indeed.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: The All-Mother is perfectly fine with what Old!Loki is planning, so long as Asgard's future is assured.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: An old Loki staple, although it doesn't come as easily as it used to. Everything he turns into has to be somehow "him" - for instance, he can turn into a woman or a fox, but not shrink down to a fly.
- Villain Episode: The third issue mostly focuses on Old Loki.
- Walking Spoiler: It's near impossible to talk about this series without revealing what happened in Journey into Mystery and Young Avengers.
- Everything to do with Old!Loki.
- Wham Episode: Issue 5. As it turns out, Old Loki was actually from the future, showing that no matter how hard he tries to change, Loki will always return to his old ways. Worse is that the All-Mother knew all along, but tried to keep it that way to ensure the future of Asgard. Loki quit being their agent when he finds out.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Angels of the Tenth Realm would kill a child. And when Loki brings it up in her rousing speech, they just keep cheering, until it becomes apparent Loki's not endorsing the idea.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) briefly speaks like this when he first shows up. Mercifully, it's just an affectation.
Sigurd the Ever-Glorious: "Everyone loves the oldie-worldie talk when Thor does it..."
- You Owe Me: Thor is reluctant to go behind the All-Mothers' back on Loki's behalf, and only agrees to help after Loki reminds him of the first issue. As he fulfils his end of the bargain, Thor notes that Loki now owes him.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: All over Loki's face when Mephisto praises him for what happened in Journey into Mystery.